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The Academy is by no means a traditional school and its approach is perhaps defined by the backgrounds of its heads, who spent their early careers mopping up the fall-out from a traditional education elsewhere. The basis of their philosophy is that all learning stems from a happy child. ‘We’re happy to work with the very strong and the very weak,’ says Chloe. ‘The questions we ask are: “Do we think we can do a good job?” “Do we like the family?”’ Games are certainly not the raison d’être here and if you… 

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Mr Garth Evans (50s) and Ms Chloe Sandars (40s) are joint principals of this small Hampstead school, which they founded in 1997. Chloe studied at the Royal Academy of Music, followed by postgraduate work at Trinity College of Music, then played in a trio while teaching music part-time. Garth, whose great-grandfather accompanied Captain Scott to the Antarctic, was educated at Falkner House, Westminster School and Queen Mary College, London, where he read English. He started tutoring privately at the age of 16 (‘to fund my beer money’) and went on to work at Trevor-Roberts, where he met Chloe. As private tutors, Garth and Chloe developed quite a following and parents encouraged them to start their own school. ‘They liked the way we taught,’ says Garth. ‘Their children were inspired and given confidence.’ The pair...

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